Nigerian designer’s leather handbags have become an ‘it’ accessory

A good handbag can make or break any outfit. No matter how many you have, you can always find a reason to need a new one.

For designer Winston Udeagha, founder of the African fashion brand Winston Leather, leather handbags aren’t just a statement fashion accessory — they are part of his heritage. Speaking with Insider, he said that he descends from a long line of leather suppliers based in Kano, Nigeria, a city in the country’s northern region known as a capital of leather manufacturing.

Udeagha learned the craft of leather making from his father, who learned it from his relatives.

“For literally hundreds of years, this leather has been the most sought after. It has to do with the breed of the animal as well that thrives in Nigeria because of the climate, the food, and the vegetation,” Udeagha told Insider.

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